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Arctic seed vault grows as defense against food crisis

In light of President Donald Trump's rise to power, some people are seriously worried about the planet's health. Count The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists among that group, since they recently pushed the Doomsday Clock to two and half minutes to midnight. Even if they think humanity is closer to …

Food Security

LG's ultralight Gram laptops now available starting at $1,000

One of the most exciting things we saw at CES 2017 was LG's 14-inch Gram laptop, particularly because of its lightweight design (2.3 pounds). Today, the company announced that the device is now available, along with the 13.3 and 15.6-inch versions. Regardless of which screen size you choose, they …

Tablets

Everything you don't want to know about the Nintendo Switch

Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we've watched the company just miss the mark with online services, third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications. The frustration of seeing a company you like make so many odd decisions can wear you …

Nintendo

'RollerCoaster Tycoon' finally goes 3D on mobile

With <i>RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch</i>, the beloved amusement park building series is moving beyond dated 2D graphics and into the modern world. It's strange to say this in 2017, but it's the first mobile version of the game to take advantage of 3D graphics. It's a major leap ahead of 2014's <i>RollerCoaster</i> …

Gaming

Investors and employees aren't buying Uber's sexism 'probe'

Nobody was terribly surprised by revelations from former engineer Susan Fowler about a sexist, bro-centric Uber culture that protects "high performer" employees. And many folks aren't impressed by CEO Travis Kalanick's investigation into the matter by company lawyer Eric Holder and board member …

Uber

The best password managers

<i>By Joe Kissell</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>If you're not using a …

Network Security

The NBA hopes VR will expand its audience

This year's NBA All-Star Weekend wasn't just about the iconic Slam Dunk Contest or the riveting game between the best players from the Eastern and Western conferences. Yes, these were certainly the main attractions for attendees and viewers at home, but the event was also an opportunity for the NBA …

Virtual Reality

Play both 'Banner Saga' games for free via Twitch Prime

Now here's an offer from Twitch and <i>Banner Saga</i> creator Stoic you can't refuse. Twitch Prime members (that is, anyone on Amazon Prime) can download the original <i>Banner Saga</i> for free right now, and on March 2nd, also get <i>Banner Saga 2</i> <i>gratis</i>. But wait, there's more: For everyone who downloads and plays …

Gaming

You can now gamble while playing 'Frogger'

Konami has launched a version of <i>Frogger</i> that's suitable for gambling, which is now available to play in a casino. <i>Frogger: Get Hoppin'</i> is a skill-based title that enables players to wager money in exchange for testing their reflexes in the game. It's the first of its kind that's been authorized by …

Gambling

'Runner 2' and other indie hits get rare physical releases

Indie games don't often cross over into the physical world, so it's pretty notable when two separate companies make boxed games at once. Choice Provisions is partnering with Limited Run Games on a physical version of the <i>Runner2</i> sidescroller on PS4 and PS Vita with 3,500 copies of each for sale …

Gaming

Uber & Silicon Valley have a sexism problem: The Engadget Podcast Ep. 29

Resurrecting the Note 7 & PewDiePie: The Engadget Podcast Ep. 29

The Engadget Podcast Ep 29: Re-Offender

Managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Nathan Ingraham join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the biggest tech stories of the week. Of course, that means Uber and the growing controversy around its corporate culture -- including allegations of rampant sexism. They'll also address …

Bill Gates

Google helps put aging SHA-1 encryption out to pasture

The decades-old SHA-1 encryption used to protect websites is already dying, but a discovery from Google and security researcher CWI Amsterdam could be the killing blow. For the first time, they've found a way to generate a "collision" and create the same critical hash function multiple times. The …

Google

ICYMI: UPS delivery drones and fashion's robo-photo booth

ICYMI: UPS delivery drones and fashion's robo-photo booth

Today on In Case You Missed It: We explore UPS' plans to deploy hordes of delivery drones and the robots are coming to replace fashion photographers — body shaming not included. And just in case you've been too busy to keep an eye on your RSS feed, it's time for TL;DR, where we do the week's …

Drones

Huawei announces a 360-degree VR camera for smartphones

Huawei is joining the 360-degree camera war. The Chinese electronics company has revealed that it created a 360-degree clip-on for smartphones called Honor VR Camera in collaboration with Insta 360 at an event in Beijing. Huawei is keeping its pricing and release date a secret, but it's obviously …

Huawei

Initial thoughts on 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

Unlike my New York-based colleagues, I didn't get a Nintendo Switch early enough to give some thoughts on the hardware. Mine arrived yesterday, along with <i>Just Dance 2017</i> and <i>The Legend of</i> <i>Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i>. For obvious reasons, the former is still in its plastic wrapping, and will likely …

Nintendo

ZeniMax wants to stop Oculus from selling VR headsets

Despite being $500 million richer than it was a few months ago, ZeniMax still isn't happy about the outcome of its Oculus Rift lawsuit. Reuters is reporting that the video game company behind id Software and Bethesda has filed for an injunction blocking Oculus from using ZeniMax code in its …

Virtual Reality

LG's latest battery is also a phone

The problem with having a smartphone that you want to use all the damn time is that you'll spend a big chunk of your day wedded to an outlet. LG believes that nobody should have to suffer such an indignity, and has launched the X power2 as a remedy. The smartphone is designed to operate for an …

Phones

Latest version of iOS solves iPhone 6's shutdown issues

Some iPhone 6 and 6s devices have been randomly shutting down over the past several months. iOS 10.2.1 was designed to fix the issue, and Apple says it has successfully solved the problem for most people who've already installed it. Cupertino told <i>TechCrunch</i> that 10.2.1, which has already been …

iOS

Samsung to change donation policies amid bribery scandal

In the last six months, Samsung has been no stranger to scandal. Since September, it's hurriedly dealt with the fallout from its Galaxy Note 7 recall, and in recent weeks has been thrust into an investigation over bribery claims involving some of its top executives. After staying mostly silent on …

Samsung

The Morning After: Friday, February 24 2017

Good morning. We spent two days with the Nintendo Switch and we have feelings. Amazon is citing the First Amendment in defense of its robot Alexa, and we look forward to transforming into cups and bananas in Bethesda's forthcoming <i>Prey</i>.<p>Nintendo still has to prove itself.<br>48 hours with the Nintendo …

First Amendment

Server bug leaks user data for thousands of popular websites

A number of high-profile websites have been leaking their users personal data into the ether, thanks to an error at their hosting provider. Cloudflare, which provides services to companies like Patreon, Fitbit and OKCupid among others, had an error in its code that caused pieces of memory to dump …

Security

Lyft's biggest rollout takes it to 50 new cities

Lyft has just announced its biggest expansion to date. The ride-sharing service is now available in over 50 new cities and four new states across the US. They're mostly located in the Midwest, but the list also includes a few other parts of the country. This rollout follows another expansion last …

Uber

Google Allo's desktop client is in the works

Google just can't stop when it comes to messaging apps. While its texting software for Android has a new name, the AI-powered Allo is coming to a new platform soon. VP Nick Fox teased a desktop web client for the service in a tweet, while saying that it's "still in early development." Competing …

Google

Prius Prime: Review

Amazon refuses to hand over Alexa info for murder investigation

Amazon continues to resist law enforcement's demands to hand over the audio recordings for an Echo involved in an Arkansas murder investigation. The tech titan has filed a motion to throw out a search warrant from prosecutors, arguing that both the users' voice commands and Alexa's replies are …

First Amendment

Google's Android texting app has a new name

Despite how common texting is, its integration on Android has always lagged slightly behind, as Google appeared to focus on other things. Sometimes it wrapped the feature into other services/apps like Google Voice and Hangouts, but lately, the main Android texting app has been getting some tweaks …

Google

Google's Immerse VR series debuts with exploration of racial identity

Google's virtual reality offerings are taking off. While their engineers develop techniques to simulate user faces hidden behind headsets that will make streaming VR less clunky, the NBA recently released an original show for Daydream VR. But today, the search giant quietly dropped the first …

Virtual Reality